Tomio Pihkala (38) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for installation, quality and safety globally as of September 1st, 2013. In this newly established position Tomio Pihkala will be a member of the Executive Board and report to Matti Alahuhta, President and CEO, KONE Corporation.

Tomio PihkalaTomio Pihkala has worked for KONE since 2001, first managing the Toshiba alliance development in Japan, then in KONE Technology and Research & Development Center in Hyvinkää Finland. During 2007-2010 he was contributing to the strong growth in the KONE business in China first as Director for Product Strategy and Marketing and later as Director for the Service Business. Since the beginning of 2011 he has been leading KONE’s largest Research and Development Center in Hyvinkää, Finland.

Tomio Pihkala has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

“Combining installation, quality and safety gives us even better possibilities to actively develop our operations. Tomio’s strong technological competence and his wide experience in KONE business both globally and in the Asian markets are an excellent background for the job”, says Matti Alahuhta.